Monday, June 29, 2009

Tar Heels: From shortage to surplus?

North Carolina's Tar Heels have gone from a shortage of football scholarships to a surplus.

Kicker Jay Wooten has decided to transfer and three recruits will enroll in prep school. The Tar Heels were once 11 scholarships over the limit of 85 but now are one under that limit and could have a bigger surplus for coach Butch Davis.

Wooten, who made 4-of-6 field-goal attempts and 11 extra points as a redshirt freshman, shared the kicking responsibilities with Casey Barth in 2008. The school announced he was leaving the program on Monday, giving them 26 available scholarships.

Recruits Justin Dixon, J.R. Rhodes and Johnnie Farms are expected to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., which means what was once a recruiting class of 29 is down to 23.

Twenty of the recruits who signed in February are enrolled in summer school, a UNC spokesman said Monday.

Three players -- CB D.J. Bunn, TE Prizell Brown and LB Hawatha Bell -- have not yet enrolled, but could in August.

The NCAA allows a maximum of 25 players to enroll in one class but does not limit the number of players who can be signed.

The recruiting class

Not coming
1. S Angelo Hadley (released from LOI)
2. WR Ray-Ray Davis (junior college)
3. QB Donavan Tate (professional baseball)
4. LB Justin Dixon (prep school)
5. RB J.R. Rhodes (prep school)
6. OL Johnnie Farms (prep school)

1. QB Bryn Renner
2. WR Joshua Adams
3. WR Erik Highsmith
4. WR Joshua McKie
5. WR Jheranie Boyd
6. RB Hunter Furr
7. G Brennan Williams
8. T David Collins
9. T Travis Bond
10. DE Donte Moss
11. DT Jared McAdoo
12. LB Kevin Reddick
13. LB Shane Mularkey
14. CB Josh Hunter
15. CB Gene Robinson
16. CB Terry Shankle
17. S Curtis Campbell
18. DB Mywan Jackson
19. ATH A.J. Blue
20. P C.J. Feagles

Not yet enrolled
21. CB D.J. Bunn
22. TE Prizell Brown
23. LB Hawatha Bell

The departed

2008 seniors
1. WR Cooter Arnold
2. G Bryon Bishop
3. P Terrence Brown
4. G Calvin Darity
5. WR Brooks Foster
6. S Trimane Goddard
7. S Jabir Jones
8. LB Mark Paschal
9. TE Richard Quinn
10. T Garrett Reynolds
11. WR Brandon Tate
12. LB Chase Rice

Early to NFL
13. WR Hakeem Nicks

Graduated with eligibility remaining
14. QB Cam Sexton
15. RB Richie Rich
16. WR Kenton Thornton
17. TE B.J. Phillips
18. G Aaron Stahl

19. K Jay Wooten

Medical hardship
20. T Zack Handerson
21. G Mike Dykes
22. G Morgan Randall

23. WR Anthony Parker-Boyd
24. CB Tavorris Jolly
25. DE Darius Powell
26. LB Kenny Harris

-- J.P. Giglio